BRF SA (BRFS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

BRF ( BRFS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, BRF fell $0.31 (-1.4%) to $21.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,024,552 shares of BRF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,544,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.74-$21.05 after having opened the day at $21.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.31. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 5.7%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), down 2.5%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 2.5% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 2.3%.

BRF S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil. The company is also involved in processing and selling fresh meat, processed products, milk and dairy products, pasta, frozen vegetables, and soybean derivatives. BRF has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate BRF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.1%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 4.4%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 4.1% and Annie's ( BNNY), up 3.6% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Tyson Foods ( TSN) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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